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The Franklin County Jail expansion should be completed on time with no additional money required, according to the project’s contractor.

Construction Manager Matthew Bobo, with SEC Contractors which is handling the project, updated the County Commission Monday about the expansion’s status and said the new Feb. 28, 2021, target completion date should be met.

He presented the commission with a slideshow that displayed the completed jail kitchen area — a major step — along with the remaining sections that need to be finished.

Commissioner Greg King asked Bobo if the Feb. 28, 2021, target date will be met.

Bobo replied: “I’ll try my best to do that.”

King said he’s received information that indicates it might require between $2 million and $4 million more to finish the remaining work at the jail.

He said the project’s budget only has slightly more than $15,000 remaining, and he asked Bobo if more money would be needed to complete the remaining work.

 “There’s nothing that I’m aware of,” Bobo replied, referring to whether the remaining funds would cover the final costs. “From everything I’ve seen thus far, there shouldn’t be anything else.”

The jail project’s funding totals $16.899 million.

A financial report the Finance Committee forwarded to the commission says that $16.884 million has been expended, leaving $15,568 to finish the project without requiring an additional appropriation.

King asked Bobo at the Sept. 21 commission meeting what the project’s completion status was.

He referred to the North and South middle school projects, which were started after the jail-expansion project was well underway, and how they have been completed along with additional work at Huntland School.

 “When are we going to be done?” King asked.

Bobo replied with a Feb. 28, 2021, date.

Bobo had told the commission at its May meeting that he expected the jail to be finished by Oct. 1, but the circumstances later changed.

He told the commission in July that a series of change orders had, at the time, pushed the expected completion time for the project to year’s end.

He had updated the Finance Committee about where the then $16.836 million jail-expansion project stood.

Nearly $300,000 in change orders to the project prompted County Mayor David Alexander to have the county government consider taking legal action against those who are responsible for the discrepancies.

Bobo provided a list that included $64,350 in additional door wiring to accommodate locks that were not included in the project’s plans.

The total change order amount for contractor Stanley Convergent Security Solutions totals $138,730, including the additional door-wiring request, a $65,000 contract extension, $2,870 for two cameras in as many dayrooms, $870 to relocate two cameras in other dayrooms, $1,300 for relocating two detoxification and isolation cameras, $380 to relocate another dayroom camera and $3,960 to add four intercom devices.

The full change-order request, totaling $293,168.43, also included $46,117 in labor and material to reinstall an electrical security fire alarm system and adding strobe and beacon devices, $6,565 in barbed wire and sliding gate upgrades, a $16,843 contract extension for Lovell’s Masonry, and $84,913.42 to Lee Adcock Construction Co. to install framing, do drywall and floor work and make structural steel additions.

Alexander had asked Bobo if he has been keeping a file on all the change orders in case the county proceeds with legal action, and Bobo confirmed he has.

Alexander explained later what his future plans are.

“We’re going to wait until it’s finished, and when we know what the final cost is, we’ll take a good hard look at all the options, including lawsuits,” he said.